Kalila joined the Barr Foundation as the Climate Resilience Program Officer in 2018. Kalila has over a decade of experience in community organizing around affordable housing, land development, and environmental justice. She served as the Executive Director at Alternatives for Community and Environment (ACE) for eight years. Before joining ACE in 2009, she worked as a Senior Organizer at Community Labor United. Kalila has a Bachelor’s degree from Bates College, where she studied American Studies and Spanish, and a Master of Public Policy from the Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning School at Tufts University. Kalila currently lives in Roslindale and enjoys walking in the Arboretum, listening to podcasts, and cooking for friends.
José Bravo is a long-time leader on just transition, climate justice and chemicals policy as they relate to communities fighting for Environmental Justice and Labor Justice (Organized and Unorganized). Born in México and brought to the U.S. as a child, José’s work in social justice issues is rooted in his upbringing in the Southern California avocado fields alongside both his parents. Since 1991, José has gained recognition as a national and international leader in both the Environmental Justice and Climate Justice movements. Over the past 30 years as a community organizer José has worked on numerous campaigns in the U.S., Puerto Rico and in México.
For over 20 years, Lina has been engaged in innovation in the public, private, and NGO sectors. In 2007, Lina led a research project for Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, evaluating the rate of commercialization of patented technologies developed in the lab and identifying relevant market failures related to technology commercialization. In the domain of sustainable architecture and built environment innovation, Lina is the recipient of the international RE:STORE award for her future of retail design.
Over the past 12 years, Lina has built solutions for and supported high impact early-stage ventures. She is a frequent speaker and university lecturer on entrepreneurship, impact investing, sustainability, biomimetic innovation, the future of philanthropy, the evolution of global financial systems, and applied economics. Lina has spoken at over 250 conferences over the last 10 years on these subjects, including at the Nobel Prize Summit, the United Nations, and NASA Centennial Challenge Launch.
Bobbi Dunphy is an Australian social entrepreneur, angel investor and mentor living in San Francisco who has worked at the nexus of water, food & climate security for the past 15 years. As a Founding Member & Strategic Director of the Global Peace Index published by The Economist annually since 2009, Bobbi worked closely with Heads of State, Nobel Peace Laureates, CEOs of Fortune 100 companies, renowned humanitarians & celebrities. These deepening relationships continue to play a role in her on-going work of finding practical, sustainable solutions to some of the most intractable issues facing humanity today. She recently compiled a comprehensive report on Post Harvest Food Loss in Emerging Economies and its relationship to Food Security & was named one of 50 Global Achievers by the Australian Government for her outstanding work in the water security sector.
Being a connector of people and dots, Bobbi helps bring resources & knowhow to mission-driven companies solving big global challenges. She is deeply involved in both the impact investment and philanthropic sectors in the US and internationally & sits on a number of Boards/Advisory Boards including High Water Women’s summit, Communitere International & WaterTrust. She is an advisor to the Nexus Global & lead the Nexus delegation to Burning Man where as part of the overall program, she co-convened the first ever Impact Investment/New Economy workshop held there. She also works as a Strategic Advisor to RePower Capital, Drever Family Office, Ethic, the Keeling Curve Prize and Ingressive, a company with offices in Silicon Valley & Nigeria that guides global capital and experience-driven mentorship to Africa’s top entrepreneurs.
Bobbi is also a Co-Founder of Finance the Future, a diverse consortium of investors, innovators, lawyers and creatives with a shared mission to transform financial markets for the betterment of people and the planet. She is a believer in the Blockchain and has a deep connection to the ocean.
Tina Eshaghpour has been working in the philanthropic sector as a grantmaker, capacity building provider, researcher and evaluator, and consultant for over two decades. She is the Director of Learning and Innovation at The California Wellness Foundation. The Foundation’s mission is to improve the health of the people of California by increasing access to health care, quality education, good jobs, healthy environments and safe neighborhoods. At Cal Wellness, Tina leads a number of projects to bolster foundation-wide learning practices to advance health equity. And she's developing a practice to integrate foresight into planning and to prototype efforts to advance foundation priorities. Previously, Tina consulted with foundations and nonprofit organizations on a range of public health and social justice issues, including environmental health and justice, gender equity, reproductive rights, and immigrant and refugee health. From 2002-2010, Tina led the Women’s Foundation of California’s environmental health and justice program and spearheaded its grantmaking and capacity building work, particularly in the San Joaquin Valley.
Tina is a Master Practitioner in Emergent Learning. She is a graduate of the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs and received a Master of Public Health from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Kathy Gerwig served in enterprise executive roles during her 26 year tenure at Kaiser Permanente, a not-for-profit integrated health care system in the U.S. Under her leadership as VP-Environmental Stewardship Officer, Kaiser Permanente became widely recognized for successes in climate action and pollution prevention. Her book "Greening Health Care, How Hospitals Can Heal the Planet" examines the intersection between health care and environmental responsibility. Kathy has testified to Congress, appeared at numerous hearings to advocate for environmental health, and has been featured at conferences in the U.S., Asia, Europe and South America. Prior to KP, Kathy consulted with businesses and agencies in the U.S. and Europe on environmental impacts of economic development. Kathy has a BA in Geography and Environmental Studies from San Francisco State University and a Master's from the Pepperdine Executive MBA program.
As a Harvard-trained lung specialist, Vin has spent the past 15 years working worldwide to improve public health for organizations including the US Centers for Disease Control, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, the Harvard Global Health Institute, the World Health Organization, and the Pentagon’s Center for Global Health Engagement. Given his diversity of experiences, he is now a trusted advisor and contributor to national and international media outlets on several of the most important health issues today, including serving as a regular health policy analyst for NBC News and contributor to the New York Times and CNN New Day. As you will see below, Vin is committed to voicing evidence-informed perspectives across a range of critical issues like domestic US healthcare reform, the vaping epidemic, the effects of climate change on human health, and gun control. In doing so, he speaks honestly and is driven by evidence, not opinion or dogma.
Ansje Miller is the Executive Director of the Health and Environmental Funders Network (HEFN). Throughout her 20 plus years in the environmental health, environmental justice and climate fields, Ansje has worked to collectively mobilize with other activists and partners to combat the increasing threats to our health through environmental exposures, and the rising racial and social justice attacks on our communities. She has led both state and national advocacy coalitions and successful legislative and regulatory campaigns to promote environmental health and justice leading to the reduction of exposures from toxic chemicals and efforts to mitigate climate change and promote renewable energy. Her organizing efforts, research reports, and popular articles have also led to the creation of numerous policies on toxics and global warming including California’s landmark global warming law AB32, the Green Chemistry Initiative, and won critical health protections in the 2016 update to the Toxic Substances Control Act.
Eileen Moncoeur is a serious and serial builder. For 25 years she has led change from the ground up taking institutions and partnerships to the next level. She has an exceptional ability to identify gaps and opportunities for organizations and disenfranchised people, build structures and pathways to effect positive change, and connect people and organizations to national and global networks. Eileen is committed to working with people who are most marginalized and isolated – migrants, refugees, disabled children, people living with dementia – and create opportunities that bring social justice and dignity.
Eileen’s strategic approach to creating and developing non-profit infrastructure and partnerships has produced innovative solutions: building a path to education for undocumented migrants in Thailand, supporting ethnic minority leaders to engage with governments and bring their voices to the United Nations, and social enterprises for refugee settlements. She is passionate about supporting people and organizations to grapple with the world’s most intractable problems so they can create powerful and effective change in the world. Eileen is currently Executive Director of HRDC | Sabal Foundation, on staff at Life Performance Coaching, on the board of Mae Tao Clinic in Thailand, and has a Bachelor’s degree from Smith College.
Eliza Nemser is an earth scientist, environmental advocate, and organizer with over 15 years of technical, research, and consulting experience. Motivated by a desire to elevate scientific proficiency within the political arena, Eliza transitioned from a corporate career in environmental consulting as an induced seismicity expert to the realm of environmental politics. As a consultant with the NRDC Action Fund, Eliza works to promote science-based, health-protective environmental policies; organize advocacy events; and advance public health-centered environmental messaging tactics for political candidates. Eliza is also a GiveGreen Ambassador, working strategically to support pro-environment candidates and accelerate progress on the climate crisis. A native New Yorker, Eliza has a PhD and MS in Earth and Space Sciences from the University of Washington, Seattle; a BA from Williams College; and completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Instituto Superior Técnico in Lisbon, Portugal.
UK Born. California Raised. Daughter of Nigeria. As a global child, Ije is a natural connector. Whether it is connecting people, causes or resources, she is unapologetic in ensuring every person hears their own voice, sees their own reflection and unleashes their unique superpower along their life journey.
Currently, Ije serves as the Executive Director of Impact Spending at Kaiser Permanente. In her role, she leads the Total Health Spend Optimization portfolio of the Buy to Pay Shared Service- ensuring Kaiser Permanente’s spending decisions are environmentally sound, economically viable and socially equitable. With a focus on bolstering local and national spend in Kaiser Permanente communities with the highest needs, Ije has oversight of sustainability, national supplier diversity, and economic & community impact. She also leads KP POWER, the initiative she spearheaded to amplify gender-focused activities that attract, retain and equitably advance women at Kaiser Permanente. Ije was formerly the Chief of Staff to the chairman and CEO and has held several leadership roles within Kaiser Permanente. Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente, she was with the University of California system in the Office of Transportation and Emergency Preparedness.
A committed community leader, Ije serves on the boards of Girls Inc. of Alameda County, MAKERS@, the Center for Environmental Heath, and Utuh USA (an organization supporting education and economic revitalization in Eastern Nigeria). In 2019, she was appointed to the Linkage - Advancing Women Leaders (AWL) Client Advisory Board. Ije was named a “Top 40 under 40” executive by the San Francisco Business Times and was recognized by Modern Healthcare with both the “Up and Comer” award and as one of the “Top 10 Minority Executives in Healthcare to Watch”.
A keen lifelong learner, she earned a Master of Business Administration from Pepperdine University, a Bachelor of Arts in economics from the University of California, Berkeley. She has also completed an Executive Leadership Residency at Harvard Business School and is a Carol Emmott Fellow.
Matt Petersen is the President and CEO at Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI), a nonprofit organization with the mission to create an inclusive, green economy by unlocking innovation, transforming markets, and enhancing the community. Prior to joining LACI, he was appointed by Mayor Eric Garcetti as the first ever Chief Sustainability Officer for the City of Los Angeles. Serving as CSO for four years, Petersen was the chief architect of the groundbreaking Sustainable City pLAn, led efforts to make LA a global leader in EVs, and helped create Climate Mayors.
Petersen co-founded Global Green USA and led the organization for 19 years as President and CEO. The organization was a pioneer in greening of affordable housing, schools, and cities as well as helping grow the solar sector. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Petersen put forth a vision and mobilized resources to green the rebuilding of New Orleans, including schools, the Lower 9th Ward, and more.
Petersen is chair of the Climate Mayors board, and a board member of Global Green USA, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles, Center for Environmental Health, and the Sir Edmund Hilary Institute for International Leadership. Petersen is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the LA Sustainability Leadership Council, and served as an advisor to the Clinton Global Initiative on energy and the environment while a CGI member for 10 years. He has a son, and is a retired AYSO coach.
Robert Rosenheck is an award-winning artist, activist and entrepreneur whose work has been featured in The New York Times, Vogue, Forbes, Rolling Stone, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, People and The New Yorker. Rob is the founder of Lord Jones, the first cannabis brand to partner with mainstream industry leaders including Equinox, Sephora, SoulCycle and the Standard Hotels. In 2019, Lord Jones was named one of the World’s Most Innovative Companies by Fast Company.
Prior to Lord Jones, Rob was a partner at CAPOBIANCO, a creative agency specializing in launching and growing innovative brands. His past clients include General Mills, Sony Music, Viacom, Puma, Credit Suisse and Planned Parenthood.
Rob is author of The Love Book (MacMillan USA), a celebration of diversity and inclusion described by the New York Times as "not only witty but downright courageous" and by Entertainment Weekly as "an amazing chronicle of guerrilla goodwill." He has taught at the Graduate School of Fine Art at the University of Pennsylvania and has produced public and private exhibitions and installations including a Creative Time commission for the 42nd Street Art Project and a performance/video installation in Prince’s home for the music icon’s 2008 Oscar Party.
Rob is a life-long environmentalist, working to remediate chemical contamination on Native American tribal lands, serving as a founding Board Member of the Green Burial Council, as a Senior Fellow with the Environmental Leadership Program, as the first ever artist-in-residence at Joshua Tree National Park and as an advisor and supporter of the Center for Environmental Health for more than twenty years.
Rob is co-curator of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Ennis House in Los Angeles. Considered a masterwork of twentieth century architecture, The Ennis House is a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument (No. 149), a California Historic Landmark (No. 1011) and is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.
Miya is the former Executive Director of the Asian Pacific Environmental Network. She has an extensive background in community organizing, and a long history of working in the environmental justice movement. APEN has been fighting – and winning – environmental justice struggles for the past 25 years and remains one of the most unique organizations in the country explicitly developing the leadership and power of low-income Asian American and Pacific Islander immigrant and refugee communities. Through many years of leadership, Miya has supported APEN’s growth and expansion from a powerful local organization in the Bay Area, to having a statewide impact through an integrated API voter engagement strategy, a statewide Asian Pacific American Climate Coalition, and winning transformational state policy for equitable climate solutions and transitioning the state to a clean energy economy for all Californians. A movement leader in many key local, state, and national alliances, APEN is helping to shift the center of gravity of what is possible when the health and economic well being of working families, immigrant and communities of color are put at the center of solutions to the economic and climate crises. Miya was Executive Director for over 9 years and proudly supports APEN to be a leading force for climate justice for all communities.
Cecil Corbin-Mark was the Director of Programs for WE ACT for Environmental Justice (WE ACT). Founded in 1988, WE ACT was New York’s first environmental justice organization created to improve environmental health and quality of life in communities of color. He worked on campaigns that seeked to: remove carcinogenic diesel soot from school bus cabins, bring fresh locally grown food into NYC public schools, combat global warming, and build market-based and legislative solutions to protect New York communities from toxic chemicals. Cecil came from a family that is no stranger to the pursuit of social justice. He was the great nephew of Louis E. Burnham, a co-editor with Paul Robeson of the journal Freedom and a leader of the Alabama-based Southern Negro Youth Congress in the 1940’s. Cecil continued the work of his great uncle and several other family members as he helped lead WE ACT in its work with residents and the political establishment to create a more just and sustainable future. A lifelong resident of Harlem’s Hamilton Heights Historic District (aka Sugar Hill), Cecil held a BA from Hunter College and a MPhil from the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.
Cecil Corbin-Mark passed away at the age of 51 in October of 2020. He was one of our board members and our friend. Cecil will always hold a special place in our hearts.